Not Better Than, Forgiven!

Saved by Grace

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty!  Perfect in all of His ways.  All knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present.  He is love, He is just, and He is righteous!  His ways are always right, and His thoughts are always pure.  Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty!

Jesus Christ, God of the universe, perfect, blameless, without fault.  The propitiation for our sins, the Savior of the world, the only way to heaven!

None of us are perfect, no not one!  Yet we can be forgiven, we can be given a new spirit and a new life, a new creation in the Lord.  We can be in Christ and He in us.  We can not only be forgiven of our sins, but have a personal relationship with the God of the universe!

What makes a Christian different from the secular world?  Are we better than they are, or are we just forgiven?

We must not think ourselves better than another, for we have all sinned and all fall short of the glory of God!  There is but one distinct separation from believers and unbelievers, and that is we have repented of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior!  That’s it!  There is nothing else we have done to make us any better than anyone else.

This does not mean that we are not different, or that God has not done great things with us either!  On the contrary, He most certainly has and is.  We have become new creations, given a new spirit, and have Christ living inside of us!  It is not us who has done these things, but Christ living within us!

We are continuously being sanctified, being made more Christ-like, in preparation of things to come.  We can live a holy life and be righteous in the eyes of the Lord!  In fact, I would argue that in the eyes of God we are holy!  We are His, we have been transformed into a holy nation and a holy people!

When the world comes against what is God’s, then they are coming against what is holy.  We have been made temples of God Almighty, a place where He resides within.  This is a holy place, our physical bodies, not to be misused or ill-treated.

When interacting with the secular world we should do so with a humble heart, with kindness and gentleness.  We must show them the love of God within, shine a light into the darkness, and overcome the wickedness in the world.  This does not mean that we should not stand for what is righteous and holy, certainly we should, we should stand firm and strong in our convictions and faith in God.

The times we are now living in are chaotic and confusing, with more and more people spreading lies, untruths, and misconceptions.  With even other believers twisting the truth, bringing what we know about God and our faith into question.  This my friends is the real tragedy!

Let us all encourage one another with faith, by faith, and through faith!  It is not merely enough to know, but to act in faith and courage! 

2 Corinthians 5:7

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Do not discourage one another, but encourage by the word of God!  Humble yourself, be kind, loving, and gentle in your walk with the Lord.  Build one another up, carry each others burdens, and share God’s love.  Help those in need, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, comfort the hurting, and be kind to one another!

The world is watching believers, how we interact, how we behave, and what we are doing and saying.  They often make instant decisions by what they see and hear.  Let us show them who we really are!

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit, but follow His lead.  Listen to the voice of the Lord and know that He is with you, helping, comforting, and guiding each and everyday!  Let the love of Christ shine through so that those who do not yet know Him may find redemption, a new life, a new spirit, and eternal peace. 

God often does things in miraculous ways, ways which have no earthly explanation.  His glory can be found throughout the world on a daily basis.  We must open our eyes to what He is doing and seek His will first in all things!  Seek heaven and the things of the Spirit of God, keep a heavenly perspective.

God bless my friends!  Maranatha!

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7 comments

  1. thelostcoinblog

    I so agree with you, Gordon.
    We are to shine our Christ-like character, mannerisms, love. God wants His children to discover who He made us to be, to discover His purpose in our own individuality. Each one of us have different gifts that shine our good-nature, our good humor, our goodwill, each of us have the potential to emulate His goodness and bear His fruits. We are not given a spirit of confusion or malice but a Spirit of wisdom, understanding, LOVE. Our personality should reflect His essence in our lives.
    And when confronted with the opposite, calmly claim the power of Jesus in you, to state you believe different without arguing, pray for them and let God do the rest. God is in control and we must realize this and apply it to ourselves. Always asking ‘what would Jesus do?’ and following through with faith. We are God’s sons and daughters and should behave with the up most respect and decorum in a chaotic world. We are not better then anyone else just forgiven and reflecting His love forward.

    Pray all is well with you Gordon. May the power of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you safe and sound.
    May God open the mind and hearts of individuals to see their own full potential of what God can accomplish in their own lives, when He’s in their hearts. God bless us all. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen. Maranatha!

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  3. christine

    I do so Agree with you Gordon! This is something the Lord has really been revealing to me ,we don’t have to try to engineer things to to lead people to the Lord. We must die to the works of the flesh and striving so we will just reflect His love to all we meet, unconditional , gentle , patient, long suffering and kind. An impossibility in our own strength but in His all is possible. Only Jesus will do…… we must decrease so He can increase in us yet it is His miraculous work. His from the beginning to the end it just takes us a long time to realise and to agree with Him in full surrender, giving up on ourselves to let Him be master of all. Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it will remain alone but in dying it will yield a bountiful harvest! We find it so hard to accept that there is nothing good in us and that we can do no good thing even our best efforts are filthy rags in the light of The Lord, it is painful and humbling to admit our sorry state but freedom comes once we do have that revelation and just give up ourselves to Him.

    God bless you and Maranatha!
    Christine

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment Christine!

      There is so much confusion in the world and creeping into the church that at times it can be difficult to know just how we are to act as followers of Christ.

      God bless! Maranatha!

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